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Rockwool Insulation for BSkyB


Rockwool, the world’s leading manufacturer of non-combustible stone wool insulation solutions, has won the contract to supply around £600,000 of insulation materials for BSkyB’s new state-of-the-art building project near Heathrow in West London, which it is set to be Europe’s most sustainable broadcast facility for Sky Sports and Sky’s entertainment channels.

The insulation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009, with the whole 23,000 sq/m, £233m centre due to be completed in 2011. BSkyB is the UK’s largest subscription and pay-TV provider, with more than nine million subscribers in the UK and Ireland.

Rockwool’s insulation material will be used to insulate all the mechanical services such as pipework and ductwork within the building. Rockwool’s insulation material has thermal properties which are important in fulfilling BSkyB’s green aims for its new headquarters. The insulation is comprised of an open fibrous structure, which makes it ideal for absorbing and regulating noise, which is crucial in a broadcasting environment.

Andy Halsall, Director of UK Sales at Rockwool, said: “BSkyB has made it clear it wants to have the greenest headquarters possible and Rockwool’s insulation materials will be important in achieving that. Increasingly major corporations recognise that they need to develop sustainable buildings in order to limit their structures’ Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and Global Warming Potential (GWP).”

Ron Turner from Abbey Thermal, the thermal insulation contractor, said: “We selected Rockwool after completing an exacting tendering process. It was the only product that met our rigorous standards for acoustic and thermal performance while offering the highest levels of passive fire protection. The insulation meets all our criteria for sustainability, not only is it manufactured to very high ‘green’ standards, it can be recycled when the building comes to the end of its life cycle reducing the pressure on landfill.”

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